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July Blog o’ Blogs

 |  July 21, 2010

July Blog o’ Blogs

Simon Johnson, former chief economist of the IMF, leads off our blog collection with a look at the potentially large impact on antitrust from the financial reform bill, then Hong Kong’s antitrust bill gets a decidedly unenthusiastic reception. We follow with close looks at the high cost of antitrust litigation and behavioral economics’ migration from the ivory tower to the FTC. Google gets punished in France for being a good citizen, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan opines on how she might view foreign law precedence, and Apple & Google become the chief suspects in a dime store crime novel. Our final blog recounts a humorous moment at the DOJ, but leaves the question: Should you really be able to understand government memos?


A new form of antitrust has arrived in the recent financial reform bill—and it carries  a very big stick.

by Simon Johnson, Project Syndicate

Does Hong Kong’s new antitrust bill threaten the rule of law that makes the territory so attractive to business?

by Dan Ryan, Wall Street Journal (Asia)

Antitrust litigation is expensive—Does the amount of money at stake for the economy in most antitrust cases justify the litigation burden?

U.S. Antitrust Decisions Frequently Driven by Concerns with Burdens of U.S. Litigation Process

by Eric Stock, Kluwer Competition Law Blog

Should behavioral economics be the new intellectual foundation for antitrust, not only in the ivory tower but also at the regulatory agencies?
If France has its way, it will be a long time before another senior Google executive describes the company, as one did a few weeks ago, as “the biggest king maker on this earth.”

by Floyd Norris at Deal Book

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan opines on what role foreign law should play in interpreting the U.S. Constitution.

There’s a plot that crops up in cheap mystery novels. One dead body. Two suspects. And lots of circumstantial evidence pointing to both. As the cops attempt to jail the perp, though, they confront the vexing “they went thataways” problem.

The Google-Apple Antitrust Dilemma
by Jeffrey I. Shinder & Evan P. Schultz, Forbes

“We walked the 40 feet over to the office of the Assistant Attorney General, the big boss of the Antitrust Division…”

The Humorous Side of the Law: The Jargon Generator
by Carl Steinhouse,  NapleNews.com